The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling that bans states from denying marriage licenses to same-gender couples based on religious beliefs.
But some states have opted to give married couples more options than others.
Here are 10 states with laws that allow couples to get married before their relationship is officially registered.
Alaska A state law allowing same-gendered couples to marry allows them to request a marriage license as early as a month before the ceremony, but they must wait four weeks before they can apply for a certificate of validity.
The Alaska Marriage Act of 1996 also allows same-date or opposite-sex marriage, but it does not allow same-person civil unions or civil unions between married couples.
Alaska’s marriage law is among the toughest in the nation, and opponents have fought it since it was enacted in 1996.
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has said the law is designed to protect the integrity of the state’s civil unions.
Alaska is one of two states that currently ban same- sex marriage.
Alaska Attorney General Ed Boasberg said last year that the law was intended to ensure “the right to marry and the right to civil unions are protected.”
He said it would be “unconstitutional” to require same- gender couples to wait more than four weeks for a marriage certificate.
California California has long allowed same- dating and civil unions, but a new law allowing them to be conducted after a wedding requires that couples first apply for marriage licenses, complete a marriage application form, and pay an $85 fee.
That fee is $5 more than other states, and couples can’t get married with a pre-approved marriage license.
The new law also allows civil unions but does not require the couples to obtain licenses before the event.
A federal judge in August ordered a temporary halt on the state law, but he has not set a date for the case to go to trial.
California has seen a surge in same- couples who are seeking to get a marriage in the state after marrying elsewhere, but the Supreme Court upheld that law in 2016.
The state’s law is the most liberal in the country, and critics argue that it is unfair to deny same- gendered couples the right.
Hawaii Hawaii has a civil unions law, allowing same sex couples to legally marry in Hawaii.
Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin has said that the civil unions act is designed “to protect the marriage and family in Hawaii.”
He also said Hawaii has no plans to amend the state civil unions bill to include same- person civil unions at this time.
Hawaii is one part of the Pacific island group that includes Hawaii, Guam, and the U.N. territory of Palau.
The law requires couples to apply for licenses to perform civil unions after marriage and pay $65 in fees.
Massachusetts A state bill allowing same gender couples the opportunity to marry after a civil union is completed passed in 2014.
Massachusetts has not yet made a similar provision, and civil union licenses do not expire until at least 2028.
The bill also exempts gay couples who do not have same- sexual partners.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the bill is intended to protect “the integrity of our marriage and civil partnership.”
Healey, who is a Democrat, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rhode Island Rhode Island is one state where civil unions have been legal for some time, but civil unions that allow same sex partners to get the same rights as married couples are still not allowed.
The Civil Unions Act of 2005 allowed same sex unions to take place without a marriage, and it allows civil union partners to have the same access to civil union benefits and benefits as married partners.
Rhode Is one of just five states in the union that still allow civil unions to be performed after marriage.
A judge in March blocked the law, saying that it discriminated against same-sued couples because it does a disservice to them by discriminating against their unions.
Rhodeians who want to get their civil union license will have to get permission from a judge.
Rhode is one place in the United States where gay couples can get married without a license, but those licenses do expire after 20 years.
The next time a civil rights bill is passed in Rhode Island, the state will likely be the first in the region to enact one.
Hawaii A bill that allows same sex marriage has been in effect since 2014.
Hawaii’s civil union law allows couples to have civil unions without a wedding ceremony, and Hawaii has long been one of the states that allows civil partnerships.
Neil Abercrombie has said he hopes to have his civil unions laws amended to include civil unions by the end of this year.
But Abercronbie said he is also interested in getting a bill passed that will include a provision that allows the government to withhold state tax dollars from a local same- marriage law if the state doesn’t pass the law before the date of